Powerful Prayers

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed,
for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with
My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10-13
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to
shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance
upon you, and give you peace.
Judeo-Christian Blessing
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my work too may be holy
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy
Guide me then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy. Amen
Mother Teresa
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully
into my heart. Enlighten the dark
corners of this neglected dwelling
and scatter your cheerful beams.
St. Augustine of Hippo
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for
thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they
comfort me. Thou preparest a table before
me in the presence of mine enemies: thou
anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth
over. Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life: and I
will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23
May the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God preserve me today.
May the wisdom of God instruct me,
the eye of God watch over me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God give me sweet talk,
the hand of God defend me,
and the way of God guide me.
Saint Patrick
O gracious and holy Father,
Give us wisdom to perceive you,
intelligence to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to see you,
a heart to meditate on you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Saint Benedict
Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
to whom God's love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side
to light, to guard, to rule, to guide.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so
much seek to be consoled, as to console,
not so much to be understood, as to
understand, not so much to be loved, as
to love; for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
St. Francis of Assisi
Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
Philippians 4:8
O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness and we feel
our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or
worry us, for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand, Your purpose,
Your will through all things.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
All shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of things
shall be well.
Julian of Norwich
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, heal me.
Blood of Christ, drench me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
Good Jesus, hear me.
In your wounds shelter me.
From turning away keep me.
From the evil one protect me.
At the hour of my death call me.
Into your presence lead me,
to praise you with all your saints
forever and ever. Amen.
Anima Christi
Father in Heaven who lovest all,
O help Thy children when they call;
That they may build from age to age
An undefiled heritage.
Teach us to rule ourselves alway;
Controlled and cleanly night and day;
That we may bring, if need arise,
No maimed or worthless sacrifice.
Teach us the strength that cannot seek,
By deed or thought, to hurt the weak:
That, under Thee, we may possess
Man's strength to comfort man's distress.
Teach us delight in simple things,
And mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men 'neath the sun!
Rudyard Kipling
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit,
Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who
thinks of me, Christ in the mouth
of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Saint Patrick
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105
Morning Prayer

Thank you for keeping me safe through
the night, please watch over me during
the day, and keep me safe from harm.
Give me strength, O Lord,
so that I may make the right choices,
be kind and good to others.
Please keep my family and friends safe,
throughout the day and into the night,
and please let me always know you are
always with me,
guiding me and loving me.
In Jesus Christ's name, I pray
Give us, O Lord,
steadfast hearts, which no unworthy
thought can drag downwards;
unconquered hearts, which
no tribulation can wear out;
upright hearts, which no unworthy
purpose may tempt aside.
Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God,
understanding to know Thee,
diligence to seek Thee,
wisdom to find Thee,
and a faithfulness that may
finally embrace Thee.
Thomas Aquinas
O our Father, the Sky, hear us
and make us strong.
O our Mother the Earth, hear us
and give us support.
O Spirit of the East,
send us your Wisdom.
O Spirit of the South,
may we tread your path of life.
O Spirit of the West,
may we always be ready for the long journey.
O Spirit of the North, purify us
with your cleansing winds.
Sioux prayer
In all thy ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:6
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm on your face,
The rain fall softly on your fields;
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the
palm of His hand.
Irish Blessing
Thanks be to you,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which
you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which
you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer,
Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day. Amen.
Prayer of Saint Richard
O Thou who art the Way, the Truth,
and the Life, we lift our hearts to Thee.
Guide us in the Way this day,
enlighten us with the Truth, and grant
us the more abundant Life which
Thou alone canst give.
This we ask, not that we may selfishly
get good or glory for ourselves, but that
we may do good unto others and so
glorify Thy name.
Howard Grose
May there always be work
for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold
a coin or two.
May the sun always shine
upon your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain
to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend
always be near to you, and
may God fill your heart
with gladness to cheer you.
Irish Prayer
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward, except
that of knowing that I do Your will.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Matthew 6:9-13
The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Reinhold Niebuhr
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills.
From whence cometh my help?
My help cometh from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall
neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy
shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall
preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Psalm 121:1-8
Lord, help me to find
the good and praise it.
God is our hope and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will we not fear, though
the earth be moved, and though the hills
be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though the waters thereof rage and swell,
and though the mountains shake at the
tempest of the same. There is a river,
the streams whereof make glad the
city of God, the holy place of the
tabernacle of the Most High.
Psalm 46:1-4
Bless all who worship thee,
from the rising of the sun,
unto the going down of the same.
Of thy goodness, give us;
with thy love, inspire us;
by thy spirit, guide us;
by thy power, protect us;
in thy mercy, receive us,
now and always.
5th-century prayer
Let the words of my mouth, and the
meditation of my heart, be acceptable
in thy sight, O LORD, my strength,
and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

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